Over the years, the benefits of Omega-3 have become widely recognised in both human health and pet nutrition. As an increasing number of people experience positive benefits from adding Omega-3 into their diets, they begin to investigate the possibility of doing the same for their pets.
Omega-3’s are the nutrients you get from food or supplements that help the structure of every cell in your body. They’re rich in fatty acids including eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and docosahexaenoic (DHA). For our pets, EPA and DHA play an important role in building and maintaining a healthy body.
How to increase your pets Omega-3 intake
The best way to ensure your pet is receiving an adequate amount of Omega-3’s is through supplementation. Nowadays, many pets are fed on highly processed diets that contain a skewed ratio of Omega-3’s to Omega-6’s… but these should ideally be balanced. Even if your pet is on the finest raw diet, they can still benefit from having Omega-3 supplements.
Supplements can come in both liquids or capsules. There are benefits to both options and your choice may vary depending on your pet’s size. Liquids offer more portion control, while capsules offer convenience. The choice is yours and both will work as well as each other.
Why is Omega-3 good for pets?
The benefits of Omega-3 supplementation for pets can include:
- Joint health and mobility
- Reduction in allergic itching
- Support for dry, flaky coats
- Healthy aging
- Improved brain and eye function
- Better immunity
- Kidney health
One of the key benefits that we’ve seen here at Nutreats is relief for pets suffering with joint pain such as arthritis, osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease. Many studies have demonstrated that increased levels of Omega-3 can improve mobility in pets with joint stiffness.
Another key benefit is the reduction in allergic itching and support for dry, flaky coats. After giving their pet’s our Skin, Coat and Mobility Supplement, many customers have reported back that the level of itching in their cat or dog reduced dramatically.
"My dog has suffered from constant itching due to food allergies and environmental. 3 days after starting her on this supplement, I noticed a massive improvement. Itching had decreased to a normal dog level”.
How much Omega-3 should I give to my pet?
The dosage of Omega-3 will depend on your pets’ size and weight. Most supplements will have feeding guides, so you can easily follow these when administering the oil to your pet. Oftentimes, dosages can be increased without negative side effects, which may lead to faster results. But do try keep within the guidelines because an excessive amount of Omega-3 oil can hinder the body’s absorption of Vitamin-E. To mitigate this, you can seek out supplements that are both rich in Omega-3 plus Vitamin-E Oil. Because every pet is different and has distinct needs, you should always ask your veterinarian if fish oil is right for your pet.
Choosing the right Omega-3 supplement for your pet
In recent years, the market for Omega-3 Pet supplements has become saturated, making it hard for consumers to know which product to opt for. We’ve outlined some key features which may help make your decision, as well as ensuring you get the highest quality supplement for your companion animal.
Firstly, you should look out for supplements that contain EPA and DHA, as these will indicate the purity level of the product. The higher the level of EPA & DHA, the better the supplement. In addition to this, you want to ensure the product is free from preservatives and additives.
Next, you should consider whether the product is oxygen barrier rated, as this will prevent the potential oxidization of the Omega-3 fatty acids (which is what creates the ‘fishy’ smell). So, products that are produced and packaged in an oxygen-free environment will have a more neutral scent, while still being appealing to pets. Aluminum bottles are oxygen-free, ensuring maximum product protection.
Nutreats Skin, Coat and Mobility Oil
Nutreats Vitals Skin, Coat and Mobility is a 100% natural Omega-3 oil supplement for cats and dogs. It is formulated to optimise the condition of your pet's skin and coat, making their fur healthy and shiny. After months of product development, our advanced formula was launched in September 2021, which focuses on premium, high-quality ingredients.
To find out more about our advanced formula, click here.
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